Rejuvenating Women believes in reconciliation. Every situation is different and reconciliation may not always be possible. Now that it is the Christmas season and time for reflection and sitting around the dinner table with family and friends, reconciling with family or friends may be on your mind.

In order to reconcile with a person, you must first be willing to forgive them for whatever it is that they have done. Forgiveness doesn’t have to wait until both parties admit their wrongs, but with one person willing to admit their faults and mistakes. You may not hear from the other person that they were wrong and made mistakes too, but that is alright. Jesus does not want us to wait until they say sorry to us before we say it or forgive them.
Luke 17:3-4 – Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Clear your side of the street and then you will live in freedom! Let God deal with their mistakes and their heart. Rarely, when there has been a dispute or a “fall out”of relationships, is it just one person’s fault. You know the old cliche’, “It takes two”. In most cases, both parties involved have done wrong in any falling out.
If true reconciliation is to happen though, BOTH parties must be willing to admit what they have done to contribute to the fall of the relationship. Unless BOTH can admit and own up to their own mistakes how they have hurt the other, reconciliation is not fully possible. There is still a barrier there and roadblocks that can keep the heart hard and the deep bitterness to continue.
It is imperative for all parties involved to confess and humbly admit the pain that you personally have contributed in the heart of the other. It is what Jesus would have us do and He is the judge of all.
Proverbs 28:13Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
James 5:13-16 – Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Proverbs 14:9 – Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.
~ Article by, Julie Shrader
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